Gunung Sinabung is a Pleistocene-to-Holocene stratovolcano with many lava flows on its flanks. The migration of
summit vints along a N-S line gives the summit crater compleex an elongated form. The youngest crater of this
conical andesitic-to-dacitic volcano is at the southern end of the four overlapping summit craters. Sonfateric activity
was seen at the summit and upper lanks of Sinabung in 1912, although no historical eruptions have been recorded.
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Electricity in seven villages in Karo regency, has been cut off following the latest eruption of Sinabung early Tuesday.
The local state power company suspected the connection had been disrupted by ash and rain after the eruption,
probaly a shor circuiting. The following villages are without electricity now: Berastepu, Tiga Serangkai, Parbesi,
Laukawar, Suka Nalu, Gamber and Kuta Tengah.
Since the eruption of Sinabung in Karo regency last week, 7,000 children under 18 have been living in shelters.
They have started to show signs of distress due the extreme change in their environment while staying at the shelters.
The health of the refugees in the shelters has been worsening even while relief aid continues to arrive.
The Karo Health Agency reported that 100 people at the shelters,
mostly young children or older adults, were sick
Heavy rain mixed with the ash to form muddy precipitation that is
lying a centimetre thick on buildings and trees. Electricity in one
village has been cut off, but there have so far been no new casualties.
September 5th, 2010
The ongoing activity might cause energy to accumulate inside the
volcano and it continues to spew harmful ash.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to fly to North Sumatra
on Monday morning to directly
The shelters are located in open space without walls. This situation
jeopardizes the refugees health, especially
The number of residents staying at the shelters is difficult to confirm
because many people check their
September 3rd, 2010
The eruption was minor if compared to the one at 4:38 a.m. It was
impossible to see the materials spewed from
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
It now looks like Sinabung has calmed down, and villagers that have been evacuated, are now
on their way back to their homes. However, authorities does not know what "plans" the volcano
has for the future, whether it will get to sleep for another 400 years, or if it has even more surprises on hand.
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Monday, August 30th, 2010
The number of people forced to be evacuated due to the eruption of Sinabung, may rise to 34,000 according to
The National Disaster Management Agency. On Monday, more than 27,000 people have escaped their homes.
The smoke from the eruption has also disturbed
the flight from western area toward main airport, Palonia,
The number of people evacuated climbed to 12,000 on Monday. Food,
emergency tents, and medicine were
August 29th, 2010
Residents of 32 villages in the subdistrict of Karo,
which is the closest inhabited area to the volcano,
09:00 GMT: The first eruption occured at. 0:02 sunday morning local time. Glowing lavaflows was visuable on the slopes of the volcdano. Another second eruption came about 09:00 GMT Sunday.
Both eruptions left dust and sulphur. A thick layer
of dust has been placed all o ver the Brastagi-region. Thousands of
inhabitants has fleed to Kabanjahe, the capital of the Karo-Province.
As usual, there are several different kinds of information on eruptions from volcanoes far away.
According to The Jakarta Post, (http://www.thejakartapost.com) the volcano blew up thick smoke and materials
for several hours on Friday, but the authorities dismissed any possibility of eruption.
(C) From a video published to day by AlJazeera
Other news-sources report:
Shortly after midnight today (19.00 GMT Saturday) Sibabung volcano on Sumatra began spewing lava.
Smoke and ash was shot 1.500 m into the air, and lava was seen severel miles away.
As this was the first eruption for 400 years, the inhabitants of the area were taken by surprise.
Thousands flee from the volcano, and officials are sending buses, trucks and other vehicles to the area to
evacuate the 12.000 people in the nearby area. Some people have, however, already went back,
as they say the intensity of the volcano-eruption is decreasing. (Who can say so?).
Allthough smoke had been coming up all Saturday, the alert leves was not raised. Smoking volcanoes
in Indonesia is in fact just a common view.
There are four villages at the foot of the volcano, and they are being evacuated. However, there have been
no reports yet of any deaths or injuries.
Kart denne side : Maps on this page: Google Map
Bilder og hovedtekst denne side: Photo and main text this page:
Kimberly, P., Siebert, L., Luhr, J.F., and Simkin, T. (1998). Volcanoes of Indonesia, v. 1.0 (CD-ROM).
Smithsonian Institution, Global Volcanism Program, Digital Information Series, GVP-1.